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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 24

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In his Screen Shots column, Adam Proteau writes that the hockey establishment’s view on Sean Avery is full of hypocrisy.

In his blog, Edward Fraser suggests a few ideas to increase scoring.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon points out Nashville GM David Poile’s shrewd business savvy.

A Scout’s Life looks at the lack of job security within the industry.

In our weekly look at minor hockey, Prep Watch examines Daniel Catenacci of the Simcoe Express.

Player News…

Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames

2008/10/24: Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla scored goals on all three of his shots in Thursday's game at Nashville, posting a plus-3 rating in 21:52 of ice time in a win. INTEL: Iginla has posted goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He'll look to make it three straight in Saturday's game at Phoenix.

Jose Theodore, G, Washington Capitals

2008/10/24: Washington Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in Thursday's game at Phoenix, but he could not avoid another disappointing loss. INTEL: Theodore entered the game with a 5-0-3 lifetime mark against Phoenix and he had a 1-0 lead heading into the third period. He'll look to bounce back in Saturday's game at Dallas.

Ian Laperriere, RW/C, Colorado Avalanche

2008/10/24: Colorado Avalanche forward Ian Laperriere picked up the 'Gordie Howe hat trick' in Thursday's game against the Oilers, as he scored a goal, added an assist and had a fighting major. Laperriere also picked up a game misconduct after his dustup with Zack Stortini, as well as a hooking minor earlier in the game.

Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres

2008/10/24: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 33 shots in Thursday's overtime win at Minnesota. Miller has won five straight starts to open the season. He'll put his perfect record on the line Saturday night at Colorado.

Darcy Tucker, RW/LW, Colorado Avalanche

2008/10/24: Colorado Avalanche forwards Darcy Tucker and Ben Guite each picked up two assists in Thursday's game against the Oilers. Guite was a plus-2 in the game, while Tucker posted a plus-1 rating.

Peter Budaj, G, Colorado Avalanche

2008/10/24: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj allowed one goal on 26 shots in Thursday's win against the Oilers. INTEL: After starting the season with three straight losses, Budaj has rebounded with wins in back-to-back starts. Apparently coach Tony Granato motiviated his starter by using Andrew Raycroft in back-to-back starts on Oct. 16-18.

Mathieu Garon, G, Edmonton Oilers

2008/10/24: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon allowed four goals on just 25 shots in Thursday's loss at Colorado. INTEL: After allowing two goals in each of his first three games, all wins, Garon finally had a poor performance. He'll look to bounce back on Saturday night against Vancouver, unless coach Craig MacTavish decides to use Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers again.

Mikkel Boedker, RW/LW, Phoenix Coyotes

2008/10/24: Phoenix Coyotes forwards Mikkel Boedker and Peter Mueller struck for goals in the third period on Thursday against the Capitals to give the team a win despite trailing after two periods. Boedker has now scored goals in consecutive games for the first time this season. Mueller's game-winner also gives him goals in back-to-back games.

Mikael Tellqvist, G, Phoenix Coyotes

2008/10/24: Phoenix Coyotes backup goaltender Mikael Tellqvist gave starter Ilya Bryzgalov a breather on Thursday night against the Capitals. Tellqvist allowed just one goal on 32 shots to pick up the victory. Bryzgalov will be back in the crease for Saturday's game against the Flames despite Tellqvist's sharp performance.

Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild

2008/10/23: Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on 24 shots in Thursday's overtime loss against the Sabres. Derek Roy saddled him with the loss when he broke through at 0:44 of OT.

Henrik Tallinder, D, Buffalo Sabres

2008/10/23: Buffalo Sabres defensemen Toni Lydman, Nathan Paetsch, Andrej Sekera and Henrik Tallinder each picked up an assist in Thursday's game at Minnesota. Lydman and Tallinder also managed a plus-2 rating, while Sekera had a plus-1 and Paetsch was even. The Sabres continue their road trip on Saturday at Colorado.

Derek Roy, C, Buffalo Sabres

2008/10/23: Buffalo Sabres forwards Derek Roy, Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek each posted a goal and assist in Thursday's game at Minnesota. Vanek led the way with a plus-3 rating, while Roy checked in with a plus-2 and Stafford managed a plus-1.

Injury News…

John Erskine, D, Washington Capitals

2008/10/24: Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine was unable to play in Thursday's game at Phoenix due to a calf injury. INTEL: While Erskine was sidelined, the day was not a total loss. Earlier, Erskine signed a two-year contract extension worth a reported $2.5 million.

Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota Wild

2008/10/23: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Wild forward Owen Nolan (leg) was placed on injured reserve on Thursday. INTEL: Nolan was able to practice on Thursday and he is expected to return on Saturday against the Blue Jackets. The move was necessary for the team to make room for returning forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard (back) and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (sprained right ankle).

Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild

2008/10/23: Minnesota Wild forward Marian Gaborik (lower body injury) missed his third straight game on Thursday against the Sabres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that 'Gabby' was injured while playing soccer and hacky sack with teammates before a game. INTEL: Gaborik was able to skate on his own on Tuesday, but he was once again held out. He is questionable for Saturday's game against Columbus.

Hal Gill, D, Pittsburgh Penguins

2008/10/23: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Hal Gill was out of the lineup on Thursday against the Hurricanes due to an undisclosed injury. Darryl Sydor took his place in the lineup and was scoreless with no shots on goal in 15:03 of ice time. Gill is considered day to day.

Brendan Witt, D, New York Islanders

2008/10/23: The Associated Press is reporting that New York Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt was lost in the first period of Thursday's game against Dallas after a knee-on-knee collision with Krys Barch. The team said his undisclosed lower body injury would be re-evaluated on Friday.

Jere Lehtinen, RW, Dallas Stars

2008/10/23: Dallas Stars veteran forward Jere Lehtinen (groin) did not play in Thursday's road trip finale at N.Y. Islanders. INTEL: Lehtinen might be able to suit up for Saturday's return to home ice against Washington. However, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports he suffered a setback last Friday, which is why he has been absent from the team's three-game road trip.

Frantisek Kaberle, D, Carolina Hurricanes

2008/10/23: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Frantisek Kaberle (foot) was unable to play in Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, missing his second straight game. INTEL: Head coach Peter Laviolette told the Raleigh News & Observer recently that Kaberle might have a fractured right foot. Technically, he is considered day to day but might be out for a while.

Tuomo Ruutu, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes

2008/10/23: Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu missed his third consecutive game on Thursday night in Pittsburgh due to a groin injury. Ruutu last saw game action on Oct. 13. He remains day to day.

Andreas Lilja, D, Detroit Red Wings

2008/10/23: The Detroit News is reporting that Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja will miss at least two more games following his appendectomy on Tuesday. INTEL: Previous reports said that Lilja might be able to return on Friday, but he is now expected to be sidelined until at least Monday night in Los Angeles. Derek Meech will continue to see ice time in his absence.

Jeff Finger, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

2008/10/23: The Toronto Sun is reporting that Maple Leafs defenseman Jeff Finger (foot) will make his regular season debut on Saturday night against the Senators. INTEL: He has missed the first seven games after taking a shot off the foot during training camp.

Sami Salo, D, Vancouver Canucks

2008/10/23: is reporting that Vancouver Canucks veteran defenseman Sami Salo (groin) was able to skate before Thursday's practice. INTEL: Salo is still expected to miss Saturday's game against the Oilers, but might be able to suit up on Tuesday against the Bruins. He remains day-to-day.

Darcy Hordichuk, LW, Vancouver Canucks

2008/10/23: is reporting that Vancouver Canucks enforcer Darcy Hordicuk (knee) was able to practice on Thursday and is expected to be ready for Saturday's game against Edmonton. Hordichuk was injured in Sunday's game against the Blackhawks and was expected to miss at least a week.

Steve Mason, G, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/10/23: The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned goaltender Steve Mason (arthroscopic knee surgery) to Syracuse of the AHL on Thursday. INTEL: Mason, who had the procedure done on Sept. 23, has been cleared to resume playing. He could see time with the Jackets at some point this season.

Radim Vrbata, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

2008/10/23: The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radim Vrbata was forced to leave practice on Wednesday due to an apparent right leg injury. INTEL: Vrbata headed to the dressing room and was unable to return to finish the session. The Lightning do not return to game action until Saturday night against the Sharks. Consider Vrbata day to day for now.

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